Family Forum

Join the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine for an interactive educational session designed for local families to learn more about Lifespan Care Issues (September 12) and Adapted Sports and Recreation Opportunities (September 13).

Both events will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Registration is required.

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What Is Steptember?

Steptember (formerly the CP Challenge) is an exciting 4-week team activity that provides participants with the opportunity to improve their health, fitness and well-being, all while raising awareness and much needed funds for people with cerebral palsy.

The challenge requires participants to form teams of four. Each team challenges themselves to take 10,000 steps a day, tracking their daily step count (by wearing a pedometer provided by UCP) or other fitness activities and recording the total on their personalized Steptember webpage or via the mobile site.

Participants don’t just have to walk – they can run, cycle, swim, or even dance to reach their daily step target. There are more than 40 activities to choose from, including activities suitable for people with a disability.

Click here to sign up for Steptember.


Sign Up Now For The "No Limits Walk"

The No Limits Walk 2014 will be held on October 18th at De Anza Cove. walkThis is a gentle 5k along the walking path on Mission Bay.

Walkers and Rollers will receive a continental breakfast, entertainment, t-shirts and lunch. Bring your friends and family as you support UCP’s effort to provide vital and innovative program services for persons with CP and other disabilities throughout our community.

Walking teams are encouraged to come on out in BIG numbers. We don’t charge an entry fee, however we hope that you will send emails to everyone you know asking for their support. Every donation helps!

If you sign up as a walking team captain, your team can help you reach your goal! Not everyone has to sign up online, just do the best you can to help us raise funds for our program services.

Many teams show their support by creating personalized t-shirts to wear at the walk. As always we will have t-shirt decorations and other fun activities for the kids.

Sign up here or call (858) 571-5365 for more information. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, click here for details.

View pictures from the 2013 Walk.


32nd Golf Classic Is A Success

The 32nd Annual Golf Classic was held on August 11th at The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course. Golfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, while raising $60,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. After an afternoon of play, golfers were treated to dinner, a live auction and the awards banquet hosted by comedian Russ T. Nailz.

UCP thanks The Crossings at Carlsbad general manager Gary Glaser and his excellent staff and all the participants and supporters that came out to this annual event.

Here's a look back:


Shop AmazonSmile and Support UCP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply click here from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Click Here to start shopping. Please tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.


Young Girl Inspires High School Team

When the Mater Dei softball team finds itself in pinch, they look to honorary crusader Kelly Lecker to lift them out of it. The Alpine resident was born with cerebral palsy and joined the team this season as part of their honorary player program. Watch:



Donate Your Old Cell Phone To Help UCP

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to designate UCP as your cause.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.


Overview: Programs and Services


New Teen and Young Adult Group

UCP San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital invite career and college-bound teens, 14-21, to a newly formed peer group that enjoys social and informational activities. Meetings are held at Ronald McDonald House and other community locations.

For more information, contact Carolina at (858) 576-1700, ext. 5362 or Rhonda at (858) 571-7803, ext. 115.


Equipment Recycling and Funding

UCP accepts and recycles pediatric and adult durable medical equipment to families at no cost. UCP also can help with the purchase of durable medical equipment if no other source of funding is available. Income guidelines and other eligibility criteria apply and there is an application process.

Contact Rhonda Van Eklenberg at (858) 609-7515 to learn more about the equipment UCP has on hand or to donate equipment that you’d like to see recycled and in the hands of families who need it. Rhonda can also explain UCP’s funding assistance and help you to determine whether your equipment needs might qualify for this assistance.

Click here to view currently available equipment.


Small Change = Big canister helpStrides

UCP coin canisters are a small but mighty way to raise important funds for program services.

If you know of a local retailer such as a market, convenience store, gas station or fast food establishment where consumers “pay at the register,” please share your contact with our fund development staff by calling (858) 571-5365.

UCP staff and volunteers do all the work by placing, maintaining, and collecting from each location. All merchants have to do is provide a small amount of counter space.


UCP History

UCP of San Diego County has over 55 years of experience serving people with disabilities and their families with many vital and innovative services.

We believe that all people should have the right to live, work and socialize in the community of their choosing. And, we’re working to make that goal a reality.

Working throughout the years to improve services with every step, UCP has program centers in San Diego and Escondido and numerous community based programs serving hundreds of local citizens on a daily basis.

Since its early beginnings, UCP of San Diego County has been committed to maintaining exceedingly high standards as evidenced by its long-standing national accreditation by The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF).


Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy.


To our thrift stores, located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.


Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

More Ways To Help

September 3
Steptember! (Formerly The CP Challenge)

An exciting 4-week team activity that provides an opportunity to improve your health, fitness and well-being, all while raising awareness and much needed funds for people with cerebral palsy. Click here to sign up for Steptember.


September 19
31st Annual Firefighters & Friends Celebrity Waiters Luncheon

Held at The Coronado Marriott Resort and Spa. Diners are served a fabuous lunch by a host of San Diego Firefighters plus Local and National Celebrities. Click here to buy tickets.


October 18
No Limits 5K Walk
Held at De Anza Cove, this gentle 5K walk/roll around beautiful Mission Bay Park has everything you’re looking for to start off a great fall day, including music, food, fun and friends. Click here to join or create a team.


Small Change Makes A Big Difference

Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.

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UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Locations and Information

Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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